The feather standards of royalty, the kāhili were made of feathers gathered from the local birds. Their stature at the sides of kings and queens, proclaimed the monarchial rule. The red short-leaf ti leaf is one of my favorite plants resembling the feather standards. Today we share this Kāhilikī as one of the symbols of nature’s metaphors of Hawaiian perspective. We commemorate our 32nd year in Hilo with homage to the aliʻi and the unique Kāhilikī.